Biden Admin. to Close Some Gaps in US-Mexico Border Wall

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    The Facts

    • The White House on Thurs. authorized completion of part of the previously Trump-authorized US-Mexico border wall. The location is near Yuma, Arizona, where large openings make it one of the busiest places for illegal crossings.

    • Authorities have logged over 235k migrant encounters in that area since Oct. 1, 2021.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    The costs of closing the gaps in the border wall outweigh the benefits. Drugs and undocumented migrants will find their way across the border no matter what physical barriers are built, and the economic and ecological costs are not worth whatever optics of security the wall may provide.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    A solid and functioning border wall is a necessary part of protecting American security. Not only does it protect US citizens by keeping drugs and dangerous people out, but it also protects vulnerable migrants from attempting dangerous crossings and prevents human trafficking. Closing the gaps in the border wall is simply a necessity.

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